Fees & Passes


America the Beautiful Passes

Welcome to Sunset Crater Volcano. There are many reasons to visit Sunset Crater Volcano - from a class trip or commercial film shoot, to a family picnic. This page will help you figure out the fees and special permissions needed based on your planned activities.

Entrance Fees
Fees are charged per person and are good for 7 days at both Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monument. Major credit cards are also accepted for all fees.

  • Individual Entry (ages infant to 15) - FREE
  • Individual Entry (ages 16 and up) - $5.00
Annual Passes
Flagstaff Area National Monuments Annual Pass - $25
Admits pass holder and 3 adults (16 years and older) to Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments for 1 year from the month of sale. Major credit cards are accepted.

Other Passes
We honor and issue America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes including the Annual Pass, Senior Pass and Access Pass.For more information on America the Beautiful passes, please click here.

Fee Free Days 2015
Entrance fees are waived in National Parks on certain days of the year. Click here to learn more and start planning your visit.

Commercial Fees
Commercial tour groups are charged based on the size of the vehicle regardless of the number of passengers. Commercial tour fees are valid for the day of sale only at Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments.
  • Vehicle Capacity 1-6 (Sedan) - $28 / Day
  • Vehicle Capacity 7-25 (Van) - $40 / Day
  • Vehicle Capacity 26 or more (Bus) - $100 / Day

Schools Groups
Qualifying school groups and educational trips may qualify for a fee waiver. Click here for more information.

Special Use Permits
Special Use Permits are required for all commercial filming, special gatherings such as weddings, and any back country access. Visit our Permits Page for more information.

Research Permits
Researchers wishing to do work inside the monument will need to go through our online permitting process here.

Rangers work with families from Camp Moreno


Your Fees Benefit the Park

The fees you pay when visiting Sunset Crater Volcano NM make a difference! We participate in the Congressionally-authorized Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act. Under this program, our parks keep 100% percent of all fees collected and use that money to fund important projects that improve visitor services and protect resources. At Sunset Crater Volcano, your fees were used to work on projects like:

  • vegetation control along roadsides.
  • trail maintenance and rehabilitation.
  • off-road vehicle fencing to protect park resources.
  • replacing outdated exhibits.
  • relocate and construct a boardwalk on the Lava Flow Trail.

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